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Medication for Learning Disabilities?
"Why are there medications to treat ADHD but none to treat learning disabilities?"
ADHD is caused by a deficiency of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine within the brain. The medications used to treat ADHD work by “telling” the brain to produce more norepinephrine, or to slow the rate at which it is broken down.
Learning disabilities, on the other hand, are the result of differences in the “wiring” within the brain. So far, we haven’t found a medication that will correct this problem.
Larry Silver, M.D., is the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.